The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has announced the dates and locations for its 2016 Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK). SEEK, founded in 2007, is a summer engineering educational program geared toward African American pre-college students. SEEK’s free day programs will take place in June, July, and August this year, at 14 sites in 12 cities across the U.S.
“We are very proud of the positive impact that NSBE has made on thousands of African American and other youth through SEEK over the past nine years,” said NSBE National Chair Neville Green. “SEEK helps young people envision the limitless possibilities of an exciting, fulfilling career in engineering, and it moves NSBE closer to our goal of graduating 10,000 black engineers annually, with bachelor’s degrees, by 2025.”
Founded in 1975, the National Society of Black Engineers is one of the largest student- governed organizations based in the United States.
With more than 31,000 members and more than 300 chapters in the U.S. and abroad, NSBE supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology.
NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.”
The NSBE has generated a lot of news, as of late in its relentless mission to get more minorities in STEM fields. The organization recently received a $2 million grant from the Northrop Grumman Foundation.
The grants were presented last week to NBSE’s executive board by executives from both Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation at NBSE’s recent annual convention in Boston. They will be used toward a three-year program through a partnership with HBCUs in an effort to expand the engineering workforce.
The participating cities and dates are:
Current Cities Start Date End Date
Atlanta, Ga. June 13 July 1
Birmingham, Ala. June 6 June 24
Chicago, Ill. July 18 August 5
Denver, Colo. (Site 1) July 18 August 5
Denver, Colo. (Site 2) June 20 July 8
Detroit, Mich. July 25 August 12
Houston, Texas June 13 July 1
Jackson, Miss. June 6 June 24
Lancaster, Texas June 13 July 29
Los Angeles, Calif. July 11 July 29
New Orleans, La. June 6 June 24
Philadelphia, Pa. July 25 August 12
Washington, D.C. July 18 August 5
More information about SEEK is available at www.nsbe.org/seek. SEEK participants engage in team-based, competitive engineering design activities and learn science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts, under the guidance of “SEEK mentors,” NSBE collegiate members from across the U.S.
The ultimate goal of the program is to increase the number of college engineering students and engineering professionals among African Americans, a community that is greatly underrepresented in this field.